Everyone is talking about speeding. It’s headlines in our publications. On the news. In safety meetings. And the focus of Operation Safe Driver Week.
Why? It’s dangerous.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Safe Driver Week is this week. With a focus on speeding, what are you doing in your fleet to make it safer?
“For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police. “That is unacceptable, especially because it’s preventable. We will continue to educate the public on the dangers of speeding, and we will identify individuals who are speeding on our roadways and may issue citations as a deterrent to future speeding tendencies and to affect diver behavior.”
In 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year. NHTSA estimates the total comprehensive cost of speeding is $203 billion. According to NHTSA:
NHTSA reports that the force of a crash’s impact doubles with every 10-mile per hour increase in speed at speeds faster than 50 miles per hour. The risk of suffering a serious injury or dying also increases with the higher rate of speed.
While it’s tempting to drive fast, the dangers of excessive speeding don’t outweigh the benefits. The additional factors that come with speeding simply add to the dangers. Eliminate speeding and many of these additional factors disappear.
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